Deprivation in New Zealand

University of Otago has published the NZDep2013 Index of Deprivation. A comprehensive study of socioeconomic deprivation across  New Zealand.

Nine variables from the 2013 census reflecting eight dimensions of deprivation are combined to create a deprivation score for each meshblock, or geographical unit, in New Zealand.

The index uses 2 scores, a number from 1 to 10 where 1 is least deprived and 10 the most deprived and another where 1000 is the average and a number below this is less deprived and a number above this is more deprived.

The numbers relate to areas, not individuals. The 10 areas covered are: communication,  Benefits, Income, Employment, Qualifications, People not living in own home , People aged <65 living in a single parent family,  Living space and People with no access to a car.

You can read the whole report as a PDF.  Current data, historical data and much more can be downloaded from the University’s website.

The NZ Herald has created a very slick interactive map from the data.


Putting health in its place – changing our surroundings for better health

Professor Charles Branas of University of Pennsylvania recently gave a seminar at the invitation of University of Otago’s Preventive and Social Medicine department & the Public Health Association.

The talk is very interesting, offering solid examples of how places influence behaviour.

You can listen to a recording and follow along with the slides at


Professor Branas is involved in the Urban Health Lab which provides accessible, scientifically checked methods for improving environments. Their website features, papers, videos and more including information on health indicators.



Mayoral and DHB (Otago) candidates public health videos

Council of Social Services Dunedin, Public Health Association Otago & Southland and Salvation Army have shared videos of our recent public health event. At the event Dunedin Mayoral candidates and Southern District Health Board Otago candidates were asked to answer three questions in five minutes.

The questions were:

  1. What do you think are the key priorities for a healthy population for your community?
  2. What are you going to do about them?
  3. How are you going to achieve healthy homes for all?

The videos for all 15 candidates who attended are  available on youtube. Or watch below: